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Ohio State wrestlers gain 1st team title

2015 Division I Wrestling

Of the 330 participants competing in the 2015 Division I Wrestling Championships in St. Louis, 96 represented the Big Ten Conference. And in the final regular-season rankings, three of the top five teams were from the Big Ten.

With that Big Ten dominance as a backdrop, The Ohio State University went on to capture its first NCAA team title in wrestling, amassing 102 points. Runner-up University of Iowa had 84. The Buckeyes clinched the team title before the event’s final session even began.

“If someone would have said that this team would have won the NCAA championships with the amount of points we had, I would have been skeptical,” said Ohio State head coach Tom Ryan.

Ohio State finished the season ranked fifth in the country and its regular season was not without blemishes – including losses to the University of Virginia; University of  Missouri, Columbia; and Iowa. The Buckeyes also came up short in the NWCA National Duals, losing to Lehigh University in the quarterfinals.

But the slate is wiped clean when the NCAA tournament arrives.  For Ryan and his Buckeyes, all that mattered was who landed on the podium.

In the marquee match of the final day, senior 141-pounder Logan Stieber defeated Mitchell Port of Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, 11-5, to become only the fourth wrestler in history to gain four national titles.

“More people have been on the moon than have won four national titles,” Ryan said. 

The Results

2015 Division I Wrestling

Ohio State, 102
Iowa, 84
Edinboro, 75.5

Logan Stieber, Ohio State

Tristan Warner, Old Dominion

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